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Many of our members are accomplished astrophotographers, and a few are award winning! If you’d like to use a photo for news media or other purposes, please ask as copyright often applies. Email photos@sas.org.au if there is a photo you’d like to use, and remember to credit the photographer.

The Bok Globules in IC2944, named after Bart Bok who married astronomer Priscilla Fairfield and said it was “pointless to seperate his achievements from hers.” Captured quickly with c11, eq8rh-pro, zwo1600mm and QHY247C #iwd #astrophotography #celestron #skywatcher #zwo #qhy #byronbay #bokglobules ...

First light with the new mount (Skywatcher EQ8rh-pro) is a bit noisy because it’s a mere seven minutes of data but the stars are round and the guiding is ridiculously good (0.33” arc seconds error on a rough polar alignment). This makes the Celestron C11 really shine now as I’m able to get clarity and sharpness with such tight precision tracking. I’m zoomed way into space here so have a guess where I am 🙂 #c11 #skywatcher #celestronrocks #zwo1600mm (colour from 2020 data). ...

Checked on the sun with my little solar telescope this morning. It’s still there. Not much activity but some small signs it’s waking from its featureless slumber of the last few years and heading back towards a crazy maximum again. Behind the scenes video of the ridiculous setup I used dropping on my YouTube in 6 hours from this post. #astrophotography #star #solar #sun #itscometothis ...

After all my cynicism I got the “great conjunction” through a daytime sucker hole about 1 hour before close approach! Far closer than expected, maybe 10 arc mins or 0.16 degrees! C11 / 2800mm / f10 / Canon 6D mk II / 20 x 1/4a iso 2500 stacked. Exposed high for Jovian moons. #astrophotography #celestronrocks #jupiter #saturn #greatconjunction ...

This image is technically quite poor but the galaxy is pretty cool! NGC 1365 The “Great Barred Spiral Galaxy” is reeeally quite small. Captured from the backyard with a C11” f7 / zwo1600 and qhy247c in Green and RGB. 3 minute exposures (about 3 hours worth) ... Those arms! That bar! #astrophotography #byronbay #galaxy #universetoday #starstuff #drunkastronomy ...

Well this one was hard fought! M33 Triangulum Galaxy only gets to 31 degrees above the northern horizon here. Captured as Green-HaGB over many nights. Celestron 11” EHD, F7, 1960mm FL / ZWO1600 - Look at all that hydrogen nebulae!! 🔭🍷 #byronbay #scicomm #freebritney ...

Got my Easter existential crisis memes sorted with a quick night shoot session to say goodbye to the Milky Way season with King Bunny from @bunnyracket ... side note, taking a giant bunny with you into the darkness is a good way to freak strangers out. Canon 6D mk II 15s ISO 3200 f4.0 Tokina 16mm #bunnyracket #donniedarko #jupiter ...

I photographed a galaxy .. which is rare for me! It took 8.5 hours of usable data in 5 and 10minute exposures over 4 nights. NGC 253 Sculptor with Hydrogen layer to show it’s local nebulae. Details in behind the scenes video : https://youtu.be/ld5X7xRA8Ck #hagb #ghagb #astrophotography #celestronrocks #c11 #zwo1600mm #nsw #byronbay #galaxy #sculptor #universetoday #photographingspace #starstuff #bintelastronomy #bintel ...

I did not! Oh Hai Mars. Mars on it’s close approach to Earth this week! Really, quite impressively sized which makes life easy. Taken with C11 Edge HD, 2.5x, Zwo174MM, processed in Autostakkert and Winjupos from about 50 minutes of data. BTS video youtu.be/yDAR3I3u9PA #astrophotography #byronbay #mars #marsattacks #firecapture #autostakkert #winjupos #69dudes #cloudywithachanceofmeatball ...

A starless version of the Rosette Nebula for @diegocolonnello because I know they are his favourite 😉 More art than science, these on-trend shots remind me of cityscapes where the photographer has removed all the people. The image isn't "real" because the people aren't there, and yet - the buildings exist. It draws focus to the morphology of the nebula itself and is compelling in it's own way. Reprocess of earlier RASA 8 / Narrowband image using the newly integrated StarNet++ AI / Neural Net tool in PixInsight for star detection and removal.

Celestron 8″ RASA
Baader F2 Highspeed Filter
ZWO 1600mm Cooled CMOS Camera
CGX Mount
17 x 90s Ha
15 x 90s OIII
10 x 90s SII
Total 63 minutes integration #astrophotography #universetoday #celestronrocks #rasa8 #rosette #youresa #byronbay #nsw
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A telescope is a time machine they say, looking into the past at events like this that happened long ago, in this case about 3-4000 years ago. But this is also a look into the future of us. The small blue star at the centre was something like our Sun, and eventually collapsed at the end of it’s life and burst violently like this, leaving a good amount of oxygen (blue) and other stuff floating around space ready to be recycled into someone else’s problem. Dumbbell Nebula M27 .. quick integration between cloudy nights, less than 1hr Ha luminesce and ~2hrs colour using C11 EHD telescope at F7, zwo 1600MM and QHY247C #astrophotography #celestronrocks #qhyccd #m27 #dumbell ...

Did you know you can take photos of the planets during the day? They’re hard to find and almost invisible to the naked eye. The heat brings focus and equipment issues and stacking is harder with less contrast for the software to align with. This is my first try on Jupiter this afternoon at 4:30pm in broad daylight .. the photo isn’t great but doing non-solar astronomy in the day is weird and worth a shot! C11 Edge HD telescope, 2.5x powermate, @qhyccd_astropic QHY462C colour camera. #astrophotography #jupiter #celestronrocks #qhy #qhyccd #byronbay #dayastronomy ...

Here is a fresh Saturn for you! I didn’t manage to reveal the polar hexagon I know there is room for improvement but I did get the equatorial banding better this time. Saturn is straight up after sunset here in Australia and still looking good! Celestron 11” Edge HD, 2.5x powermate, ZWO RGB filters and ZWO 174MM camera. #astrophotography #byronbay #celestronrocks #saturn ...

Bleary eyed this morning but I also caught Mars looking incredible with it’s slight remaining phase as it gets closer and it’s polar ice cap! 1am AEST with C11 telescope 🙂 🍅 #astrophotography #byronbay #mars #celestronrocks #themartian #universetoday #publicdomain ...

OMG I finally nailed it! Jupiter 2hrs ago using @celestronuniverse 11” EHD / 2.5x powermate, RGB filters @zwoasi 174MM & WinJupos! Easily the best planet photo I’ve taken ever! I’ve never got this storm detail before especially near the poles! 🍻🇦🇺🔭 #Jupiter #astrophotography #winjupos #celestronrocks #byronbay ...

The two craters in the lower left are called Messier and Messier A and were formed by the same impact at a severe angle (1-5°) which @NASAAmes & @Caltech figured out in 1978 by shooting things in their specialist "gun" range / impact chamber. (Taken with C11 Edge HD, 2.5x powermate, & ZWO174MM) #astrophotography #moon #celestronrocks #byronbay #dontvisitnsw ...

Is NGC 7293 the eye of GOD?? Spoiler alert, no. Just a dying star passing wind. Taken this week from the backyard spaceship! Celestron 11" Edge HD, ZWO1600MM, QHY247C, True Colour. Science breakdown of image in new 13min video : YouTube.com/erfmufn .. about 4.5 hours total exposure time over several long nights where most of the data was discarded! It’s the fish that John west rejects that something something ... #astrophotography #celestronrocks #universetoday #youresa #eyeofgod #truecolour #ngc7293 #helix #helixnebula ...

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